In March we organised Park Lane Academy's Careers Convention with 30 employers, training providers, colleges and universities attending to inspire and engage the students.
In February we teamed up with Business in the Community and The Princes Trust to run a Business Enterprise Challenge at Park Lane Academy in Halifax. Students worked in teams with business mentors to play the business game with the aim of making as much virtual money as possible!
In January and February we delivered workshops at Park Lane Academy in Halifax preparing year 10 and 11 students for mock interviews. These concentrated on communication skills and identifying your own skills and qualities. These workshops were followed up the following week by a mock interview supported by local employers and providers.
In February we worked at Park Lane Academy with students who were interested in finding out more about apprenticeships. We were supported by current apprentices from Together Housing and Calderdale College as well as the National Apprenticeship Service's ASK project.
In January we delivered the third in our series of Employability Lessons at Farfield Primary in Bradford. This lesson focused on resilience with students solving a Tangram puzzle, rating their own resilience and looking at resilience in different jobs.
In January we held a very successful Careers Convention at Beckfoot School with over 30 employers and providers. Years 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 all attended to find out about different routes and options for when they leave school.
In December we delivered an Aim Higher Afternoon with a group of year 10 and 11 students from Beckfoot School. The students found out about University Life from students from Leeds Beckett University.
In November we delivered lessons on Communication at Farfield Primary to all of KS2. This was the second in a series of employability skills lessons. We will be back in January working on resilience.
In October we worked at Park Lane Academy delivering a Careers Drop down day. In the morning Year 11 students found out about post-16 options and routes. In the afternoon Years 10 and 11 had the opportunity to meet a range of post-16 and 18 providers: sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers. This was to l help inform their post-16 option choices.
lIn October we held a parent coffee morning at Park Lane Academy in Halifax. This was so parents of year 10 and 11 students could learn about post-16 routes and options and financial support available. This was supported by colleagues from the DWP and local post-16 institutions.
In October we started preparing Year 10 students at Park Lane Academy for their Work Experience week which will take place in June. We delivered an assembly, planned lessons on researching sectors and have started to support students and the Head of Year with finding placements.
In September we delivered an enterprise challenge at Byron Primary School in Bradford. Year 5 were in a competition across the tutor groups to create their own island communities linked to Kenzuke's kingdom, the book they are studying. The winning community from each tutor group took part in a final where a panel of judges decided on the most successful community. Students developed their soft skills such as teamwork, communication and determination.
In September we worked with a group of Year 10 and 11 students at Park Lane Academy to inspire them to consider going to university. We were supported in this by the University of Huddersfield and Leeds Beckett University.
In September we worked with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Farfield Primary School in Bradford to deliver the first in a series of Employability Skills lessons. Students learnt to identify their own strengths and start to consider the types of jobs they might enjoy. We will be returning to Farfield throughout the year to look at developing these skills.
In March we will be running the fourth in our series of Employability Skills lessons at Farfield Primary with years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This time the focus will be team work.
In April we will be at Thornton Primary School delivering a series of World of Work Workshops with business volunteers from different professions. The aim of the workshops is to inspire students and open their eyes to different career options.